} Have mercy on us, Lord, and fill us with good things, for we are hungry for You and for Your love. background-image: none; We went and we were filled with joy to worship God with His people. For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." While he was thinking, the moment came when my Son was introduced to the world. For the Jewish people, God required certain feasts and sacrifices as well as travel to Jerusalem at various times during the year. During those months, Mary and Elizabeth don’t just sit around waiting. I will ask the Father to give you the grace to be generous with those less fortunate. May also be substituted for the Glorious Mysteries on the Sundays from Epiphany until Lent, if desired. [http://thecatholicscholar.blogspot.com/2011/09/rosary-meditations-fifth-joyful-mystery.html]. Simeon foretells pain for Christ – and his followers. Jesus gave us Mary as our Mother. Mary and Joseph were presenting the Only Begotten Son to the Eternal Father, in a temple that was merely the shadow and copy of the real temple in heaven. [https://www.rosarycenter.org/homepage-2/rosary/how-to-pray-the-rosary/joyful-mysteries-without-distractions/], [https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/a-rosary-for-life-the-joyful-mysteries]. Do I take my family on special trips to holy places? The Annunciation; The Visitation Like Mary, despite all she carried herself, Malak brings love to others by being present to their needs. Even though she must raise her family in poor conditions and away from home, Ashaa says they are still better off away from the danger they faced in Syria. She hopes that her daughter will someday become a teacher. [https://www.cathedralofmary.org/faith-formation/resources/pray-the-rosary-online/the-joyful-mysteries]. Think carefully about this great mystery of God made Man. Second Joyful Mystery - The Visitation. Let us pray to the Mother of all the Living that every child be treasured and protected from the first moment of conception as an inestimable and wondrous gift of God.Our Father...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: inspire the hearts of all newly pregnant women with the joy of which you sang at the Annunciation... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: deliver all parents from fear, and implant in their hearts a joyful hope... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that joy may embrace the lives of all expectant parents...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray for grandparents, that the witness of their joy might be a source of strength to their expectant children... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: be with all new parents, that the miracle of new life silently growing in the womb will awaken in them a commitment to cherish and protect their child... Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray that all might be inspired by the wonder of new life and embrace God's overwhelming gift...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: watch over all new parents with your maternal care, from the first moments of new life...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: rejoice with the mother who first feels the stirring of the child in her womb...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: intercede for all parents who long to carry a child in their arms...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Bless adoptive parents and rejoice with them in the beauty of their child...Hail Mary, full of grace...Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Expectant parents around the world today, especially those forced to flee their homes, deal with similar unknowns. In this mystery, ask Mary to give you a deep trust in the one who invites you to follow. Hundreds of miles away from Rome, the seat of power in this world, the true king of kings was born. Sign up receive future communication from the parish and the diocese. … Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; And his mercy is from generation unto generations. color: #ffffff !important; Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. What did she say about these subjects?14. How are you going about your Father's business?11. Now it had become a life, a beautiful baby. This emphasizes what we originally saw in the 1st Joyful Mystery: that Jesus, as a result of being an adopted son of Joseph, will be not only within the house of David, but also a Son of David (Luke 1: 26-33) and will carry with Him all the prophetic implications that come along with such a title. Their obedience to the Law was not lessened by their purity of soul but made all the greater. Heaven was rejoicing at the birth of my Son.My children, look upon the greatness of your Lord Who has loved you so much as to come down to show the immensity of His Love for you. They knew about the birth of my Son: the angels had told them. How are you doing on humility?10. In this mystery, ask Mary to help you see and touch this goodness of Jesus in your own life. The suggestions are as follows for the traditional Rosary mysteries only. What does this tell us about the Holy Family?2. As I was praying, there suddenly appeared an angel. "Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?" All through the ages He has had enemies oppose His church. Elizabeth was filed with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. We pray for expecting mothers, especially those with unplanned pregnancies (like Mary) and those who are scared of their future. The angel asks her if she would consent to be the mother of Jesus. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Mary Mother of God, please pray for us that we may raise the children entrusted to us to know God, to love God and to serve God. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." “Through my prayers to God I feel optimistic that tomorrow will be a better day,” Hassan says. For many souls go to Hell because there is no one to pray for them.” Together let us answer Our Lady's call to prayer and conversion. Try to grasp Elizabeth's mental and spiritual state.8. “The Magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the King of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel the … King of the nations” (Catechism, 528). Be it done unto me according to your word.”. Jesus was missing three days. Notice that it is Biblical to refer to Mary as Blessed. But not Mary. She cried out, blessing Mary and the infant in Mary's womb. In the precocious wisdom of a 12-year-old boy, Jesus gives his parents and the teachers a glimpse of his true stature. } And the angel came in unto her, and said: "Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women". "And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" Yet in announcing this to her, the angel Gabriel also revealed that Mary's cousin Elizabeth is six months' pregnant. The Joyful Mysteries. Coronavirus has entered our world putting a halt to the usual rhythm of daily life. After the days of Passover were done, Joseph and I went back to Nazareth in the caravan of family members and friends that we came in. We pray that God guides parents everywhere to lead their children closer to God's grace through prayer, education, and as a living example of living the faith. Blessed art thou among women." We pray for increased motivation for those who hear God’s call but are afraid to act on it. They’ve been there ever since. "My children, be always open to seek the will of God in your life no matter what it is. border-radius: 0px 0px 0 0 !important; #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav{ Mary recognized her role in salvation history and proclaimed that a prophecy had been fulfilled. Here among the sights and sounds and stench of the stable, their souls are one in perfect happiness, because they are poor in spirit. font-family: Open Sans !important; Catechism of the Catholic Church: #531-534. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! Mary enters into the house of Elizabeth and her husband Zachary. They lived in a tent outside Aleppo after their home was bombed, but unlike many other refugee families, every member survived and they remain together. We pray for new parents, that they educate their children to actively practice their faith. font-size: 14px !important; Ponder Mary's servanthood.3. It is clear here once again that Joseph and Mary lived in Poverty. We pray that our families can imitate the spirit and faith of the Holy Family. The Wise Men give their best to God. Reflect on Mary and Elizabeth's time together and their spiritual friendship. He was listening and asking questions and answering their questions. display:block; May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Only adult males were required to go. But here He is, "sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions" (Luke 2:46). Elizabeth called Mary blessed for two reasons, her motherhood and her faith. Prayer Intention . color: #f4f4f4 !important; I asked the angel how this could happen? This truth, so illuminating because it puts into perspective everything that Jesus has come to do, yet so mysterious because we cannot comprehend its possibility and depth, is beyond anything we could ever have thought to experience. How do you worship the Lord? Think about Jesus' answer to Mary. -Luke 1:42. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. This mystery shows that it is important not to neglect the duty of teaching children about God and His laws. Fifth Joyful Mystery - Finding Jesus in the TempleMay I always possess a youthful zeal for the Father and a desire to be about His business. As a reward for Abraham's obedience, God made this promise to him... "I will bless thee, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is by the sea shore: thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies. FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: Purity of Mind and Body. And then those wondrous words emerge from His lips, "Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?". For us, it happens in the Church. Are there times in your life when you are called to be a sign of contradiction? The Lord is with thee.”, The Angel assures her: “Fear not . The Joyful mysteries show her importance. The prophetess Anna is an example for those advanced in years. I was in prayer: it was evening. Ashaa (shown right with 2 of her children) knows what this is like. Jesus is the King of Kings and Mary you are the great Queen, pray for us now, especially for this special favor for which I now ask…, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 1985 Miller St, Lakewood, CO 80215. -Luke 1:43-44. Teach me to take up my cross each day, to greet those I meet along the way with kindness, and to quickly rise up each time I fall. There are three sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious. Do you always understand what Jesus tells you? I questioned. Both Mary and Abraham prove their faith and obedience to God. Because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li{ Reflect on Mary and Joseph's fear. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs > li > a:after { How do you search for Jesus? He was fully Man as well as fully God. A servant rejected by His own people and yet raised by God. (Gal 2:20) Each Mystery of the Rosary contains an evolutionary challenge as the events of our life and the lives of Jesus and Mary unfold through this spiritual practice. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. I am praying with you and for you. I began to sing the hymn of praise that came from my heart. We pray that we aren’t afraid to be visible and public witnesses of our faith. God has ordained specific ways for people to worship Him. We pray for the wanting to serve others rather than be served. Second Luminous Mystery - Wedding at CanaThat I may show my love for the Lord by doing as Our Lady instructed the servants to, "Do whatever He tells you.". In humility, she knew that her entire life depended on God; how could she turn down even this most remarkable of requests? There are many annunciation moments in our life, and sometimes we hesitate to say yes because we cannot foresee the future or control what will happen. In light of God's promise to Abraham, it can be deduced that God would grant to Mary a similar promise in the fact that she would have a multitude of spiritual children who would be counted among the elect. The most exquisite flowers sometimes take the longest to develop. But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Yet now—what had they done? He knows who he is and what he came for, even as a boy. Why not something bigger, something more becoming of a person of His stature and power?” The answer is that there is nothing bigger, nothing more becoming of a person of His stature and power then to do what none would think of, to do what no one and nothing else could possibly do of their own volition: to take on a nature below one’s own. We thank You for showing us, Lord, that if we seek You, we will always find You, and when we do find You, we will be with You in Your Father's house and about Your Father's business.Intercession – Lord, we lift up to You all children who are separated from their parents and loved ones. As Jesus says later in his public ministry, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” (Matthew 18:5)We think especially of the little ones who are from the same part of the world as Jesus, and who, like the child Jesus, have had to flee their homes. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. Yet she obeyed it anyway. } The children were either with their fathers or mothers. When the days of her purification were fulfilled they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted; and thy own soul a sword shall pierce.”, Catechism of the Catholic Church: #527, 529. Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity. Let us commend all new mothers and fathers and every newborn child to the protection and intercession of the Mother of God and Mother of all Christians.Our Father...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Come swiftly to the aid of all who labor in distress...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Give your own courage to mothers who are alone or abandoned...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Implant within the hearts of all grandparents the wonder known by the shepherds at the birth of your Son...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: pray for those who assist with the labor which brings new life: for skill and compassion...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Help us to welcome the gift of new life, as you welcomed the birth of your Son...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Strengthen the joy of all men and women who behold the wonder of new life...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: Let the face of the newborn child proclaim the Gospel of Life...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy:  Guide the hands and hearts of obstetricians in their holy work...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: help us to proclaim the Gospel of Life in our care for each newborn child...Hail Mary, full of grace...Holy Mary, Mother of Joy: be present at the moment of birth to share in our joy...Hail Mary, full of grace...Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. We pray for mercy and the conversion for those who seek to harm the most innocent amongst us. In the end God will not judge us based on the cars we drive, the value of our stock portfolio, or what position we held at our jobs. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. In addition, one may offer an intention for each of the mysteries. What is true devotion to Mary?13. This passage provides a strong argument against abortion as we see the presence and action of two unborn children. The trappings of this life literally trap us into living only for this world which amount to absolutely nothing in Jesus’ Heavenly kingdom. Help us to see the deep meanings in the events of our lives. Out of Elizabeth's mouth came the confirmation of Gabriel's message: that I had conceived the Son of God and later all ages were to proclaim me as blessed as the Mother of their Lord; the Mother of God. Many of us tend to focus all year long on living in a nice home, driving a fancy car, and having that dream job. He will give me wisdom if I spend time with him in the tabernacle. The Angel Gabriel announces: “Hail, full of grace! Did you not k now that I’d be about my Father’s business?”. } In our lives too, there are times when God asks us to make a choice that we do not fully understand, and the blessing reveals itself only later in time. It says so right in the New Testament, "All generations shall call me blessed.". She was a bit hurt and had been very anxious.17. -Luke 2:37. font-size:16px !important; "Why do I have to go to Confession? The Visitation. Place yourself at God's disposal and He will do great things for you and with you. (Luke 1:26-33, 38)As an angel proclaimed the conception of Christ in Mary's virginal womb, so do mothers and fathers learn every day of the conception of their child. The Visitation: That the family and friends of expectant parents might reach out and support them as they … First Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in the GardenThat I might above all, and in spite of all, do the will of the Father. His mission was not one of earthly conquest and accumulation of power nor was it to bring the Jews out of the submission of the Romans. Was He acting prophetically? Show your immensity of love for Him: be humble, be grateful for what you have, be it little or great, and whatever you do have, use it in a way that will give pleasure to my Son. Meditate on the Holy Spirit's marvelous work.7. Her husband, Joseph, was also in a difficult spot. Thank you Jesus for giving us so loving a Mother. When I heard him say "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" I was very confused at this greeting and yet I was very humbled that an angel would call me full of grace: that I had gained favor from God: that I was called to bear His Son. Lord, save me from the temptation of taking a seemingly easier path in life that doesn't bring me closer to God's grace. Help us to pray and worship in the ways You ordain for us, in the ways that are pleasing to You. margin-right: 0px !important; } I was praying for the Liberation of my people. "The Beatitudes," writes Fr. Surely she helps her cousin who was late in pregnancy. But it’s not only Christmas were we seem to put a premium on the trappings of life. This was a day of fulfillment and joy—one of many along a path also rich in crosses. Joyful Mysteries . There is a parallel between this mystery and the sacrifice of Abraham which is found in Genesis 22:1-18. Like Christ, we must be about the Father's business in our own lives—at every moment of every day. In response, Mary proclaimed her “Magnificat,” a beautiful song of praise to God for the mercies He was showing to Israel and the whole world. color: #ffffff !important; The Holy Spirit was very active, first on baby John, then on his mother, Elizabeth. Third Glorious Mystery - The Descent of The Holy SpiritFor the Confirmation Candidates of Our Lady of Fatima who are preparing to receive the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit next spring. If you want to be among those who share in the resurrection, you must obey His commandments. One should always offer the intention of the Holy Father as a general rule. Fifth Luminous Mystery - The Institution of the EucharistIn thanksgiving to Jesus for humbling Himself to come to us, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, under the guise of simple bread and wine. First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation. God was asking a great amount of her. It was an orderly search. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." "And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord" (Luke 2:22). float: left; But he did not begin by teaching, just as he did not begin by commanding. First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation. How wonderful is this poverty! What amazes you the most?10. Knowing that, I said, "Behold the handmaid, the servant of the Lord: be it done to me according to Your word. Is there a metaphor here for people's journey to God?11. From a young age, her parents had dedicated her to the service of the Lord; now, this humble servant would devote her entire life to the Son of God. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. Consider Mary's gentle rebuke. Below is a set of scripture-based mysteries to assist those who pray to focus their prayer of the Rosary for the intentions of Vocations in the Dicoese of Brooklyn. We pray that we make time to regularly receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and resolve not to commit the same sins again. In our lives too, God gives us spiritual friendships and soul-mates who help us grow closer to him. "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God." What are your motives for doing good for people? .wpsm_nav-tabs li:before{ She does not know what lies ahead on this new path, but she knows who is asking and she trusts in him. Take away from your life whatever is displeasing to God so that your worship at mass and your worshiping prayer will be acceptable to God the Father. Naming the spiritual aim for each of the twenty decades will focus ourconscious intention in a powerful way as we pray the Our Father, Hail Mary’s, and Glory Be of each Mystery. When evening came, Joseph and I came together and we did not find Jesus neither among our relatives nor among our friends. Sometimes we hope for this in our own faith lives: that Christ will appear before us and we will have no doubt it’s him. It was soon that the very Word would be made flesh. [https://www.fullycatholic.com/praying-rosary-fifth-joyful-mystery/]. Amen. As an adult, do I look after children placed in my care? Mary said yes. Luke 2:6-7. I am a virgin: I had intended to be a virgin the rest of my life even though I agreed to live with Joseph. Your words are simple yet sublime, and we praise You for each and every one of them. background-color: #82531d !important; As I entered and greeted Elizabeth, Elizabeth shouted for joy and said, "Blessed are you among all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. How can you magnify the Lord?8. In the case of Jesus’ birth, His coming or arrival instills in us a ‘sensory’ expectation. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs a{ This mystery in particular demonstrates her role as co-redemptrix. He also began in the humility of a boy who obeys his parents. “And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for Mary to be delivered were fulfilled. During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town … And why did he obey his mother and father when he himself had called them into existence? Mary and Joseph offered a sacrifice, in accordance with the Law: "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons" (Luke 2:24), to redeem the Son of God, Who needed no redemption. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. How is He working in your life?12. Why does God give us such beautiful gifts and then ask us to give them up? We pray that we look towards our local parishes as a way of finding Jesus in “his father’s house.”. Sakeena’s mother, Turfa, says her daughter is bright and always looking out for her siblings. I was presenting to God, the Father, your Redeemer in anticipation of the sacrifice He would make on Calvary for your salvation. Mary has just received life-changing news, news that no other woman will ever receive: She is to be the Mother of God. But, in order to be saved you must believe in Him and obey His commandments. In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a cave, Mary remaining a Virgin. Once again, the Holy Family made a point of following the Jewish Law. Mary was not a passive bystander in Salvation History. Ponder these awesome blessings.9. Blessed are you among women…You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus… Mary answered, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”, Catechism of the Catholic Church: #461-463, 491. It is true that you should respect your elders. -John 19:26-27. #tab_container_10927 .wpsm_nav-tabs{ How fast do you respond to God's prompting in your heart to act with love?2. While none of that is bad in itself, when we start to put the comforts of this world above the rewards of the next we move away from how Jesus lived His life and how He calls us to live ours. If she had been so motivated, she would have gone before saying yes. overflow:hidden !important; The prophesy that He would be a suffering servant. Lead all men and women who have committed the sin of abortion to repentance and back to your loving embrace. 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